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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions Blog! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. You may filter this content by geographic region, by typeincluding blog post, field report (a daily recap of a past expedition with images), photo gallery, or video—or by topic. Explore your world, from our perspective.

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Taroko National Park, Taiwan
May 2, 2016
Blog Post

Our expert field staff is getting psyched to set sail on our much-anticipated—and brand-new!—expedition to the Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan. Here are a few reasons why they're so excited about visiting these isolated islands.

Mark Brazil, Expedition Leader &...

What is the Silk Road?
April 29, 2016
Blog Post

Gourmands who liberally grab for the pepper or nutmeg might take pause to think, that at one time in history, those seasonings were worth more than their weight in gold. Spices were such a precious commodity that many a war were fought over them; they helped to build—and topple—vast empires, and led to the great Age of Discovery and founding of new worlds.

The spice trade began more than 4,000 years ago, when Middle Eastern merchants obtained such strange substances as cinnamon...

Galapagos by Land & Sea
April 29, 2016
Blog Post

Katie Stevens works in the Accounting Department of Zegrahm Expeditions. Having worked here for two years, she was thrilled when she got the opportunity to join her first Zegrahm expedition to the Galápagos Islands. 

When I first began working at Zegrahm Expeditions, the idea of experiencing one of our trips in person sounded so farfetched; imagine my joy when I found out I was headed to the Galápagos Islands this past July! After months of preparing, I couldn’t believe my...

Batumi, Georgia
April 26, 2016
Video

Olga Eggert was born in Crimea, Ukraine. Currently living on the Isle of Man, she has traveled with Zegrahm Expeditions for years as a lecturer, with an emphasis in the Black Sea region. Watch as she describes recent architectural growth in Georgia, and the overwhelming friendliness and positivity of the locals. 

For more information on our upcoming Circumnavigation...

Asmat Villages, Papua New Guinea
April 20, 2016
Blog Post

Shirley Campbell is a social anthropologist with a special interest in the indigenous peoples of Australia, Melanesia, and the Pacific. After growing up in California, she has widely traveled and experienced firsthand the ways in which communities form and develop distinct, yet interrelated cultures. 

As I follow the latest electoral process in the US, I can’t help but reflect upon the similarities between the popular selection of a leader in the self-proclaimed greatest...

South Georgia
April 20, 2016
Blog Post

There are 17 species of penguins in the world, all of which live in the southern hemisphere. These adorable ambassadors of the Antarctic are uniquely suited to life at sea—while most birds have hollow bones, making them lighter for flying, penguins have solid bones, making it easier to dive underwater for food. View our infographic for more facts on penguins, from their beaks and eyes to their feathers, and visit our trip page for more information on our upcoming expedition to the...

Fortuna Bay, South Georgia
April 19, 2016
Video

In 2015, we explored the pristine shores of South Georgia, its spectacular landscapes a photographic feast of snowcapped mountains, cascading glaciers, and stunning coves. Wildlife in countless numbers live in and around this panorama: thousands upon thousands of king penguins; more than a million and a half fur and elephant seals; and numerous seabird species, including the wandering albatross, the largest of all flying birds on the planet. Watch this video as we pay homage to this...

Australia's Kimberley: Voyage through the Outback
April 15, 2016
Blog Post

Shirley Campbell is a social anthropologist with a special interest in the indigenous peoples of Australia, Melanesia, and the Pacific. After growing up in California, she has widely traveled and experienced firsthand the ways in which communities form and develop distinct, yet interrelated cultures. 

People often ask me if there is a ‘best’ time to visit the Kimberley and I struggle to find a definitive answer—it depends upon what it is you want to experience.

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April 13, 2016
Blog Post

1. The Most Comprehensive Itinerary

Our Ultimate Galápagos itinerary visits 10 unique islands over 10 days with in-depth exploration of both the marine and terrestrial world. Zegrahm makes three different stops alone on San Cristóbal— the first island Charles Darwin visited when he arrived in the area—including calling at Punta Pitt which is the only place in...

Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands
April 11, 2016
Video

Meet Dan Olsen, Expedition Leader for our signature 22-day adventure to Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands. Dan has lived in Seward, Alaska for over a decade, where he has been the captain of a 150-passenger tour boat; guests aboard observe the whales, seals, puffins, and glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park. Dan visited...

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